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An Experimental and Epidemiological Evaluation of Abdominal Injuries in Children
Published May 18, 2005 by Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan in Japan
Event: JSAE Spring Conference
Abdominal injuries, along with lumbar spine fractures, are part of a constellation of injuries referred to in the medical literature as "seat belt syndrome." Geometry of the pelvis and abdomen of younger children places them at higher risk for these injuries. Efforts to design restraints that mitigate these injuries are limited as no current pediatric anthropometric dummy (ATD) can accurately quantify the abdominal response to belt loading. This presentation describes progress on a four-phase project to address this gap involving pediatric anthropometrics, real-world abdominal injury risk, abdominal biomechanical tolerance from a porcine model, and development of an abdominal insert for the 6-year-old ATD based on these data.
- Kristy B. Arbogast - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Shresta Marigowda - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Stephen W. Rouhana - Ford Motor Co.
- Richard W. Kent - University of Virginia
- Stephen Stacey - University of Virginia
- Jason Mattice - University of Virginia
- Kazuo Higuchi - Takata Corp.
- Hiromasa Tanji - Takata Corp.